The Council's Commercial Team monitors construction activities to minimise pollution caused by noise, dust and other nuisances.
We investigate complaints about construction and demolition sites and give advice to contractors so that they keep pollution to a minimum. Complaints about construction noise can be investigated by the Commercial Team.
Construction and demolition sites are often near existing housing. Sites are sometimes a problem due to noise, dust and the burning of waste materials. In most cases, residents will be tolerant of the site providing work starts and finishes at reasonable times.
In order to avoid complaints from members of the public we ask contractors to follow these simple rules:
- Working hours, deliveries and vehicle movements can typically be restricted to:
- 7.30am to 7.30pm, Monday to Friday
- 8 am to 1 pm, Saturday
- No working on Sundays or Bank Holidays unless by prior agreement with this department
- Any dust produced as a result of demolition, redevelopment works and vehicle movements must be kept to a minimum by damping down with water. Stockpiles of materials must be kept damp to prevent windblown dust
- All equipment must have appropriate noise control measures
- No burning is to take place on the site. All waste materials must be removed from the site and disposed of at an authorised waste disposal facility using the normal arrangements available to developers and construction/demolition companies
Demolition and Construction Work
Legislation governing Demolition and Construction work is contained principally under the Control of Pollution Act 1974, Section 60 & 61 (noise from construction sites).
The Code of Practice BS 5228 : 1997 Noise Control on Construction and Open Sites provides specific detail on suitable noise mitigation measures, copies of which can be obtained through British Standards Institute, 389 Chiswick, London, W4 4AL
The shedule below should prove useful in minimising nuisance and other problems encountered during the demolition and/or construction works.
- All works and ancillary operations of a noisy nature shall be carried out only between the hours of 7.30am - 7.30pm on Monday to Fridays and between the hours of 8.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. on Saturdays and at no time on Sundays and Bank Holidays. (Subject to discussion with the Environmental Health Department). These times may vary after consultation.
- The best practicable means, as defined in section 72 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974, to reduce noise to a minimum shall be employed at all times.
- The applicant shall at all times have regard to the recommendations given in B.S.5228 Noise Control on Construction and Open Sites and shall ensure that these are brought to the attention of the Contractor. In particular the contractor shall comply with the following requirements:-
- (a) All vehicles and mechanical plant used for the purpose of the Works shall be fitted with effective exhaust silencers.
- (b) All compressors shall be ''sound reduced'' models fitted with properly-lined and sealed acoustic covers which shall be kept closed whenever the machines are in use, and all ancillary pneumatic percussion tools shall be fitted with mufflers or silencers of a type recommended by the manufacturers.
- (c) Machines in intermittent use shall be shut down in the intervening periods between work or, where this is impractical, shall be throttled to a minimum.
- (d) All plant and machinery shall be maintained in good and efficient working order.
- (e) Stationary plant is to be sited away from any noise-sensitive areas where practicable and any plant known to emit noise strongly in one direction shall be orientated so that the noise is directed away from such areas.
- (f) No plant shall be left running outside the normal working hours specified in paragraph (1) above, without the prior consent of the Strategic Director of Environment and Housing.
The terms and conditions of this consent shall be without prejudice to any duty imposed on the applicant by law and in particular by the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
Provide, fix and maintain suitable screens or awnings to screen the building and scaffold so as to effectively minimise dust and debris from falling or being blown over the boundaries. Provide, maintain and use a supply of water and means of dispensing it, to dampen dust in order to minimise its emission from the premises.
Do not permit the sweeping of any dust or dusty material without effectively treating it with water or other substance in order to minimise its emission from the premises.
Provide and use suitably covered skips and enclosed chutes, or take other suitable measures in order to minimise dust emission to the atmosphere when materials and waste are removed from the premises.
All skips used for the storage of waste shall be kept covered so far as is reasonably practicable.
- Before the commencement of the works the applicant should provide publicity to the residents of the neighbour in a manner approved by the Local Authority.
- Special consideration should be given when dealing with asbestos. Licensed contractors should be employed to remove all types of asbestos, except asbestos sheet cement. This should be removed following HSE (Tel: 01604 738300) guideleines, including dampening down the area, removal of whole sheets, not using power tools for cutting, double wrapping of waste and disposal at licensed sites. Details of licensed sites can be provided by the Environment Agency.
Please contact the The Environment Agency via their website or Tel: 0845 933311. This must be notified three working days prior to the movement of any asbestos weighing over 10kgs.
Please contact our department if you would like further information.
Corby Borough Council
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